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e·ti·o·late  audio  (t--lt) KEY 

VERB:
e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates
VERB:
tr.
  1. Botany To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
    1. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.
    2. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
VERB:
intr.
Botany
To become blanched or whitened, as when grown without sunlight.

ETYMOLOGY:
French étioler, from Norman French étieuler, to grow into haulm, from éteule, stalk, from Old French esteule, from Vulgar Latin *stupula, from Latin stipula

OTHER FORMS:
eti·o·lation(Noun)


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